Good Morning. God!
Yesterday the scripture reading was Luke 15:1-10 where Jesus talks about the lost sheep and the woman with the lost coin. I love those stories, God! I love how You CARE about the LOST. The image of a man leaving his 99 sheep — to go off looking for the one that is lost — and then carrying it home on his shoulders — always moves me.
Yes, God, it isn’t lost on me that the religious leaders of the day didn’t like Jesus. I’m not sure that many religious leaders TODAY like Jesus. I mean, God, they SAY they do. But they don’t follow.
Sigh. Not that I am doing such a great job of following Jesus.
Thinking of sheep made me think about GOATS — Matthew 25 — and how You separate the sheep from the goats. If sheep know their master’s voice and follow — goats just do as they darn well please. I found this photo of goats but it came with sad news that cashmere being relatively expensive there has been a rush to raise cashmere goats. The good news is cashmere sweaters have never been cheaper. The BAD NEWS is that there are so many goats that the grasslands of Mongolia — there since the time of Ghengis Khan — are being turned into deserts. Goats, it seems, eat the ROOTS of plants.
Money NOW vs Grasslands for the Future. I was going to wax indignant about valuing short term returns at the expense of long term good, God. But then you brought to my attention that I do that too. I scurry around being TOO BUSY. Then I pay the price. The Sabbath Rest yesterday was wonderful God. But I need another Day of Rest this Tuesday!